Next Generation Gunship.
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Special Operations Forces SOF possess requirements for unique air-to-ground attack and reconnaissance capabilities. Conventional air assets do not possess these capabilities. The present SOF air-to-ground attack weapon system, the AC-130 gunship, suffers from inherent tactical and system limitations. The study explores the requirements, the tactical employment concepts, and design considerations for a new gunship. The study concludes that a new gunship must not be a modified conventional airplane, but a dedicated weapon system designed and built for SOF. Author